Celebrity couples who had babies through IVF
Not everyone is able to have their own children naturally due to some or the other reasons. For such persons, IVF or In vitro fertilisation is a boon. The medical technique has helped many to become proud parents and when celebrities embrace it, they inspire a lot more childless couples to opt for the procedure.
Recently, Bollywood celebrities Aamir Khan, Farah Khan and Tusshar Kapoor spoke about their experiences of having children with the aid of IVF during the launch of Jaslok Hospital & Research Center’s new venture Jaslok FertilTree International Fertility Centre.
Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao opted for IVF procedure and were blessed with their son Azad Rao Khan on December 5, 2011. The couple had announced it in a statement after the birth of Azad and thanked the miracle of medical science for bringing happiness into their lives. Speaking at the event, Aamir and Kiran reiterated that they were very happy when Azad was born and also spread awareness saying there was nothing wrong with it. Besides Azad, Aamir has a daughter Ira and a son Junaid from his first marriage to Reena Dutta.
Choreographer-cum-director Farah and husband Shirish Kunder also have triplets born with the aid of IVF technology. Farah married Shirish in December 2004 when she was in her 40s. Since her biological clock stopped ticking, the couple resorted to IVF and were blessed with daughters Anya and Diva and a son Czar. She said she was proud to have her babies through IVF and added, “It is important that we come forward and take pride in this because it gives so much courage and so much hope to people who want to do it, but are scared to do it.”
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri who already had two kids, opted for a third one via IVF surrogacy. King Khan’s cute son AbRam was born of a surrogate mother in May, 2013. There were complications and he was born prematurely, but he is now healthy and rocking and is the apple of everyone’s eye.
Tusshar Kapoor is unmarried and single, but is a proud single dad of his son Laksshya born in June this year. He made the announcement by issuing a statement in which he thanked "the greatness of God" and doctors for making parenthood "an option for many who choose to be single parents." According to the actor, his paternal instincts have been overpowering his heart and mind and therefore, he opted for IVF surrogacy to become a single father.
Actor-filmmaker Sohail Khan who married Seema Sachdev in 1998, wanted a second child, much after the birth of their son Nirvaan. The couple too is believed to have considered IVF surrogacy as an option to have their second child. They were blessed with a son Yohan in June 2011. However, the couple has never spoken about it or revealed about their experience with the procedure.
Besides Bollywood celebrities, fashion designer Haseena and her husband Mahesh Jetmalani, son of renowned lawyer and former Union Minister Ram Jethmalani, also opted for IVF when they wanted to become parents for the second time. They were blessed with twins in 2006, 10 years after the birth of their daughter Serena. Speaking about it, Haseena said, “I think IVF is one of the ways forward for women, but most people shy away from it as unfortunately there is a certain stigma attached to being infertile. I’d like to do more for IVF, like reaching out to anyone going through it as it’s an emotionally difficult time.”